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BASEBALL COOKIES/ Play Ball!



I love baseball … and I’m a devoted Nats fan. Leave a comment below with the name of your favorite team. 
In the meantime, did you know ….

The first official baseball team in America was the New York Knickerbockers and their hats were made of straw.

Organized baseball began in the mid-1800s and within a few years became America's favorite game.

The first official baseball game took place in 1845 in Hoboken, New Jersey.

The first pack of baseball cards was sold in 1868.

The first World Series occurred in 1903 and the Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball's unofficial anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was written in 1908.

So popular in early 20th century, it was hard to get a ticket to any east coast baseball games.

The 1918 World Series began the tradition of playing the national anthem at baseball games.

The first All-Star Game occurred in 1933.

The first baseball radio broadcast was in 1921 and first televised baseball game was in 1939.

The first night major league game was in May, 1935.

There are 108 stitches on a baseball. The stitches were not always red but red & blue and red & black.

Today one baseball generally lasts through only about seven pitches before it is replaced.

The only time the World Series has not been played was during the 1994 players strike.

No major league baseball player has ever had the middle name of Xavier. My grand nephew may be the first!

Source: Score Big and Sports Book Review



Baseball Cookies
Round Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Cream with Wilton Ivory
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Red with AmeriColor Super Red
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Toothpicks
AmeriColor Warm Brown Airbrush Color
Airbrush Kit


Outline cookie with #2 tip in cream icing.
Flood cookie with cream icing.

Pipe two rows of dots in red icing. 

Pull with toothpick to create design. 

Let dry overnight.

Spray brown airbrush color onto edges of cookie. Let dry 30 minutes.



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SEASHELL COOKIES/ Ain't Summer Great!



We wait all winter long for those blistering hot days of summer fun ... backyard barbeques, outdoor concerts, crab feasts, clam bakes, amusement parks, sailing, water skiing, bicycling, fireworks and the best of all … the beach … a time to catch up on reading, dig your toes into the sand, ride the waves, sunbathe and chill under the summer sun.

I hope all of you are having a fabulous summer and these Seashell Cookies stir your favorite summertime memories!


Seashell Cookies
Seashell Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining tinted Medium Pink with AmeriColor Super Red and Wilton Brown
Royal Icing for flooding tinted Pale Pink with AmeriColor Super Red and Wilton Brown
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2, #1.5
AmeriColor Airbrush Colors (Deep Pink, Warm Brown)
Airbrush Kit

This design was inspired by Amy’s Airbrushed Seashell Cookies at Clough’9 Cookies.

Outline cookie with #2 tip in medium pink icing. Let dry 20 minutes.

Flood cookie with pale pink icing. Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe lines on cookies with #1.5 tip in medium pink icing. 

Let dry overnight.

Using an airbrush, spray rows of airbrush color onto cookie. 

Let dry 30 minutes.




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POPSICLE COOKIES

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SHOE COOKIES/ Shoe Feddish



Shoe feddish … not me! Call me weird but I am not into shoes. Many of my ancestors were bootmakers so it is surprising I lack an affinity for footwear. For me, shoes serve a purpose … to cover my feet. Give me a two-inch pump in black, navy and gray for dressy affairs, sneakers and docksiders for bumming around and flip-flops for the beach and I am a happy camper. Maybe it was growing up with brothers or all those years in primary and secondary school wearing saddle shoes that stifled my interest in shoes. Also, being 5’8” high heels were never a desire. In fact, it is not only shoes but even shopping for clothes is not an activity I enjoy. Nope, I am not a shopper. I like nice clothes but prefer efficiency and get in and get out of the mall quickly. 


Then, there are cookie cutters. It is not easy to walk by a cutter without adding it to my collection. So that was the case with the shoe cutter. Isn't it a cute cookie? With summer wedding season upon us, these shoe cookies were decorated with a white-on-white lace design. I love this technique because it is easy, easy easy.


Shoe Cookies
Shoe Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
Meringue Powder
Paintbrush
White Sanding Sugar

Outline cookie with #2 tip in white icing.
Flood cookie with white icing. Let dry 45 minutes.

Pipe the heel of the shoe with #2 tip in white outline icing.

Pipe random lines over the shoe with #2 tip in white outline icing to create lacey effect. 

Let dry overnight.

Mix 1 tsp meringue powder and 1½ tsp water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to the lacey detail.
Sprinkle with white sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 45 minutes.




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